I'm not even going to post about either of these stories beyond this:
If you want to read about progressive and liberal Democrats tying themselves up into knots trying to avoid sounding like they actually purchased subscriptions to celebrity tabloids, then visit Delaware Liberal and look through the bars. [Please note that both at DL and the DKos these are the same people who ran with the completely unfounded Sussex County story of a young Muslim girl being harassed over Barack Obama's religious affiliation, and who--even when the story was discovered to lack foundation--did damnall little to set right the avalanche of abuse they lit off.]
If you want to see that the Democrats have now fully invited God into the political arena on their side (after spending years condemning the GOPers--and rightly so--for doing just that), then visit Becky the Girl in Short Shorts.
But in both cases take a barf bag with you.
From one family's potential personal tragedy to the ongoing tragedy of the people living on the Gulf Coast, it has all now become fair game for both major political parties.
And they wonder why over 40% of American citizens don't even turn up to vote.
Let me be clear: if you're chortling over Republican discomfiture at the scheduling of their convention during a hurricane rather than quietly donating to the Red Cross or your church relief fund, you're scum.
If you would love nothing better than to see a political opponent's family (Sarah Palin's) unravel in pain and agony on the front pages of the tabloids and in the blogs, you're scum.
The same is true if you joined in trashing Elizabeth Edwards, or partook in attacks on Barack Obama's children.
In the grand world of big government, heartless corporations, and individual victimization, you can't be responsible for much any more, but you are responsible for your own compassion and empathy.